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- A postgraduate diploma can usually be taken at any time after the completion of your bachelor's degree (Bachelor of Science, or equivalent, in Zoology, Biology, or Ecology)
- Or have alternative qualifications or experience in wildlife management or administration acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).
Months of entry
The major objective of the Postgraduate Diploma in Wildlife Management (PGDipWLM) is to train students with the skills necessary for employment in some aspect of wildlife or ecological management or research. Other important goals of the course are to develop in students:
- an understanding of the ecological basis of conservation, harvest management and pest control.
- skills in handling, marking, observing and censuring wild animals.
- an appreciation of the practical realities of wildlife management from the administrative and legal points of view.
- a knowledge of the biology, ecology and behaviour of wild animals in New Zealand.
- skills in communicating about the management of, and scientific research of, ecological communities. Verbal presentations, debating, dealing with the media, popular science writing and scientific report writing are all emphasised and taught.
The programme shall consist of 120 points comprising:
- WILM 401 Principles of Wildlife Management
- WILM 402 Techniques of Wildlife Management
- Plus at least 80 points from WILM, ZOOL and other 400-level papers
Notes: Must include WILM 404 (or equivalent) if ZOOL 316 has not been passed previously.
A candidate may be exempted from some of the required papers as prescribed above on the basis of previous study.
Information for international students
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Fees and funding
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
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